It’s understandable that Jose Mourinho was a little frustrated at Luke Shaw’s decision not to play against Swansea.
The left-back withdrew from the squad due to illness and was joined in the treatment room by Chris Smalling, who did not feel 100% fit to play either.
Mourinho’s reaction to this admittedly frustrating setback has been a little over-the-top, particularly as his side actually won the game 3-1.
Insisting the duo should have played through the pain, the Portuguese said, via the Daily Mail:
“If I were to speak with the many great football people of this team, they will say they played many times without being 100 per cent.”
Now, it was thought that those comments, made after the game, would have been the end of the matter. Far from it, though, as the same newspaper have confirmed that Shaw has now spent the start of this week being forced to train on his own at the club’s Carrington training ground.
Shaw’s confidence has been down as he struggles with pain in his right leg, the one he suffered a bad break on just fourteen months ago.
It doesn’t look like he’s getting any sympathy from Mourinho, who the Mirror believe has completely lost patience with him. Their reporter David McDonnell argues Shaw is now fighting to save his United career.
Mourinho already has a long list of players he wants out, so at this rate, it would be no surprise if he’s getting ready to scrawl Shaw’s name onto the end of it.